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Best Battles in New Comics: 3/14/14

Come feast your eyes on awesome action scenes from the latest issues of BATMAN, SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN, and TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES.

Friday is finally here! For action fans, that can mean only one thing: a new edition of Best Battles in New Comics! The staff has discussed all of the brawls that went down in the latest issues and we've narrowed it down to our three favorites. First up, we have a flying slugfest between four heavy hitters from the DC universe. After that, you'll travel back down to the surface and witness the Ninja Turtles fight for their lives against a new mutant and Foot assassins. Last but most definitely not least, Batman is forced to face Doctor Death as he tries to put an end to the Riddler's latest plan. Now, I'm sure some of you are wondering why Deadpool's epic street brawl in DEADPOOL #25 didn't make the cut. Well, truth be told, I thought it was a total blast (you can read the review here) and didn't want to spoil any of the fun for you. Plus, since we only do a top three list, we thought the ones we've selected may offer a little more variety.

"Hey, why isn't a fight I love being highlighted and/or listed in the honorable mentions? What gives?!" It's possible we didn't read that issue (A LOT come out each week, after all), or we didn't dig it as much. So, be sure to make suggestions in the official Best Battles Discussion Thread from now on to put this stuff on our radar. We review that before writing this weekly feature and do our best to get our hands on the issues suggested.

SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #6

Round 1 of Superman and Wonder Woman versus Zod and Faora didn't go so well for the Justice Leaguers. Yes, Wonder Woman was a total boss, but Superman definitely wasn't pulling his weight and was obviously as the weak link in that brawl. They agreed to go their separate ways instead of making the violence go any further, but seeing as Zod plans to open up the Phantom Zone and do something all kinds of diabolical with it, you can bet the two heroes aren't going to just sit around and twiddle their thumbs. To tilt the odds in their favor in the upcoming rematch, Clark and Diana visit Hephaestus. Not only does he give them an invisible jet (which the duo promptly uses to blast Zod), but he also arms them with a new armor. Round 2... fight!

For a second I thought Diana was going to go all 'Man of Steel' on Faora. Anyone else honestly think that?

As the Amazon dukes it out with Faora, Kal-El approaches Zod and demands to know what his plans are. The former resident of the Phantom Zone has no problem spilling the beans and then lands three super-strong strikes before the Man of Steel even has a chance to defend himself. Talking won't resolve anything at this point, so the two heroes continue to play Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots with their Kryptonian enemies. Fists, feet and even foreheads fly viciously at their targets.

Best headbutt this month. No question about it.

All those punches, kicks and headbutts to faces are just a small sample of what's right around the corner. In this issue, writer Charles Soule and artist Tony S. Daniel dedicate an entire page to getting up close and personal with every strike and heat vision blast. I noticed some people were mixed on this decision in the review's comments, but honestly, I dug it. It allowed you to really hone in on each attack and appreciate the speed and force behind the superhuman hits.

This would be way more vicious with Batman '66 style onomatopoeias, right?

"Wait, why are they wearing that armor?" It's rude to interrupt like that, but it is good question, reader! Soule soon reveals why they're wearing the new duds and, even after that, the conflict is hardly over. SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN is quickly becoming my go-to source for popcorn entertainment. No matter how you feel about the relationship between the two iconic characters, I think many of us can agree that the book is very pleasing to the eyes and quite a lot of fun.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #32

After City Fall, the team is taking some much-needed time to recover in Northampton. However, that period of rest and reflection is about to reach a very abrupt end. In the last cliffhanger, the new mutant, Koya, and a new class of Foot ninjas (dubbed "Foot Assassins") made their violent debut. The villains dish into the team and this forces Leonardo to equip his blades and finally put his blue mask back on. Leo's been uncertain of where he belongs after what happened with Shredder back in the Big Apple, but this solidifies it: he belongs right there with his father and brothers! You just messed with the wrong family, Koya. There's no room for cowabungas in this brawl, people... it's just straight forward melee action for basically the whole issue.

Leo's signature move: the jump kick.

As Leonardo and Splinter continue to battle against Koya (there's a very solid use of ninja stars, too), Mikey and Donatello hold their own against the three Foot assassins. Watching these two fight is always a joy and this scene is most definitely no exception. Meanwhile, Raphael continues to believe Alopex is working with the Foot, but it's soon revealed that she's been honest this entire time and truly isn't allied with them anymore (want the full details? Buy the book). Now realizing that he doesn't have to chase down and interrogate Alopex, Raphael enters the barn to assist his brothers. And now that it's three on three, the Heroes in a Half Shell have no real problem overcoming these goons.

Are you entertained, Raph fans?

Not sure if you noticed, but artist Ross Campbell and colorist Ronda Pattison's work is a real delight. Prior to this issue, this was an incredibly engrossing character-driven story that they brought to life beautifully, issue after issue. They created page after page of calming images that would drain you of all your empathy, but now they're getting a chance to fully unleash, and man, it looks great, doesn't it? Not only do the characters look wonderfully unique, but I'm also a huge fan of the raw energy behind each and every attack. Anyway, let's dive back into the match. The assassins are now down, but Koya, who's a much bigger threat than the assassins, is still standing strong.

Koya's a pretty legit new threat, yea?

How do the turtles overcome this new mutant? We won't spoil it for you, but I can pretty much guarantee it'll make you want to cheer out loud. It's a hugely satisfying and very entertaining way to conclude the fight, that's for sure.

BATMAN #29

The Riddler is prepared to take control of Gotham, and a weather balloon is instrumental in his plan. Batman has been able to get on the floating object and aims to destroy the villain's plan with a jammer. It's just too bad a little and oh-so-pretty obstacle is standing in his way: Doctor Death. The last time these two encountered, Doctor Death almost crushed his skull and killed him. Despite that, the Dark Knight tries to solve this confrontation with his words, but the scientist won't hear it continues to attack the hero. Batman's able to save himself from the villain's sharp fingers for a little bit, but eventually, his luck runs out.

'The Incredibles' once again proves it's right about capes.

See that red object flying away from Batman? Yeah, that's the jammer, the one thing that can apparently prevent Nigma's sinister plan from unfolding. The item slides towards the edge of the weather balloon and Batman lunges for it. Unfortunately for the Caped Crusader, the disfigured foe gets a hold of him and the jammer -- the one thing that can save Gotham -- falls off the balloon. Doctor Death, you just upset Batman, and that's not a very wise move. One ticket to combo city, please.

When Batman says "this is the part where I hut you," you know you're absolutely screwed.

As cool as that assault was, let's take a minute to give some massive praise to artist Greg Capullo and colorist FCO Plascencia. The vivid sky, the eye-popping lightning, the impressive character work... it's all so good, isn't it? And the funny part is we're not even showing you some of the most jaw dropping moments in the issue, either. There's one splash page that's going to blow you away -- it's a smile inducing reference to a little Batman story you might have heard of. Anyway, after that display of hand-to-hand awesomeness, Bruce Wayne tries to see if there's another way he can foil Riddler's plan, but in doing so, he gave Doctor Death too much time to recover.

That looks a tad painful... even for Batman.

Look, this is usually where we try to tease you about what'll happen next and all that but, come on, it's the conclusion of Dark City and it leads into Savage City. Sure, the price tag is a little intimidating, but it's an oversized issue and astonishingly cinematic. If you like Batman -- and somehow I suspect many of you do -- then you should be reading this volume.

Honorable Mentions

That's it for this week, friends! What are your top three fights from this latest round of new comics? Also, don't forget to make nominations every week in the official thread or tell Gregg via Twitter. See you next Friday. Oh, have a good weekend, too!

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Posted by CantDance93

Superman/Wonder Woman is so great! One of my favourites!

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

Ugh this just reminded me that SM/WW exists

Posted by HolySerpent
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Posted by dondave

Yes because regurgitating Superman and Lois is so interesting

Edited by Mapuia_Ralte

Holy Hell! The Turtles' battle was incredibly well written even with the lack of attention to Donnie!

Posted by TheCheeseStabber

I think DP vs The Bird is the obvious winner here

Edited by mak13131313

Great picks this week! I loved Superman/Wonder Woman. It's definitely worthy of the top pick. Batman was awesome! It couldn't get any better! Glad to see Nightwing and Stargirl get honorable mentions.

Edited by GraniteSoldier

Glad to see TMNT back on there, such a good book.

Posted by ptigrusmagus

Supes/WW was great, the series is awesome, the art is second to none. I had no issue at all following the fight and it was epic

Posted by meatwadf

@dondave: I don't think it's regurgitating so much as the two of them fit better than him and WW. A lot of people forget that unlike Batman, Clark is the real person and Superman is just the mask he wears to help out people. Clark is, at his heart, a small town guy filled with hope for the world. A super powered Mr. Smith, if you will. He needs someone like Lois in his life, who keeps him grounded and in touch with his humanity.

Posted by BEYONDERGOD

looks good

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The Superman/Wonder Woman battle was breath taking.

Posted by k4tzm4n

Dear whatever has power over our universe,

I know you're probably pretty busy with like, cosmic matters and such, but if you have a moment, could you make sure this doesn't turn into a "SUPERMAN/WW ROCKS! NO IT DOESN'T! YES IT DOES! NO IT DOESN'T!" kind of thread? That would be great. Thanks and keep being awesome.

Best,

Gregg

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@k4tzm4n: How did Deadpool vs Crossbones play out? I want to see that!

Posted by k4tzm4n

@slimj87d said:

@k4tzm4n: How did Deadpool vs Crossbones play out? I want to see that!

You suuuuuuuuuuuure you want me to tell you? The whole issue is basically one big street fight between the two and, if you like them, I'd say it's worth reading.

Holy Hell! The Turtles' battle was incredibly well written even with the lack of attention to Donnie!

For sure! Dunno if you've read the issue, but Donny and Mikey get a little more of the spotlight in the comic. I just had to narrow it down to only 3 images, though!

I think DP vs The Bird is the obvious winner here

LOL. Or TSA vs. DP.

Glad to see TMNT back on there, such a good book.

I was so torn between that and Deadpool, but I figure DP has received so much love and that's an issue fans should see for themselves anyway.

Great picks this week! I loved Superman/Wonder Woman. It's definitely worthy of the top pick. Batman was awesome! It couldn't get any better! Glad to see Nightwing and Stargirl get honorable mentions.

Thank you!!!!

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Edited by HellionVulcan

Gladiator vs X-men/GOTG wasn't even a fight (i can't even remember the last time marvel gave Gladiator a legit equal to fight) he just took afew hits than wasted three GOTG with one attack lol.

Posted by TheCheeseStabber

@k4tzm4n: We need a whole comic about that sequence :P

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@k4tzm4n: Alright then, I'll check it out.

Posted by SNascimento

@k4tzm4n said:

Dear whatever has power over our universe,

I know you're probably pretty busy with like, cosmic matters and such, but if you have a moment, could you make sure this doesn't turn into a "SUPERMAN/WW ROCKS! NO IT DOESN'T! YES IT DOES! NO IT DOESN'T!" kind of thread? That would be great. Thanks and keep being awesome.

Best,

Gregg

You gave 4/5 to SMWW #6 and you expect him to listen to you? No way!

I'm joking by the way, it seems you have to clarify that kind of stuff now.

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Posted by Pokergeist

Glad to see TMNT back on there, such a good book.

This.

Posted by dondave

@meatwadf: Sure but its already established in canon that Superman and Lois eventually get married. So why complain if he's with someone else for the time being?

Posted by meatwadf

Oh, I'm not complaining, but I do understand the complaints. From what I understand, there's been no confirmation that Supes and Lois plan on dating, let alone marrying, any time soon. I'm behind on my Superman reading, unfortunately.

Posted by patrat18

Epic.

Posted by RustyRoy

She's got a star on her butt ;)

Posted by PapiNacho

That Batman fight. Best in all Zero Year.

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Posted by Lvenger

I don't see how the Superman/Wonder Woman vs Zod and Faora fight was interesting at all. Seemed rather boring and rushed to me. 'Popular choice' at play here even though the book isn't that popular. Still the other two are excellent picks and TMNT always delivers superb action. Plus Capullo's rendition of the Batman vs Doctor Death fight was brilliant so good choices on those two!

Posted by Experio

Nice.

Posted by BWANASIMBA

@meatwadf: Clark is not the real persona, Superman is. Clark's the mask he wears to hide amongst the populace. Clark is who he appears to be to people he works with who don't know him well. Superman is who he is with everyone who knows him well.

Lois Lane wasn't his love till the nineties. Up until that point their sole interactions consisted of her getting into trouble, him having to bail her out and her chasing him romantically. Hell there was a comic book series back in the 60s where that was the entire plot line called Superman's "Girlfriend" Lois Lane.

This image sums up my argument against Lois Lane:

http://www.deviantart.com/art/He-s-an-Idiot-lineart-26714810

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@k4tzm4n: Nice! Hey, next week can you check out "Thunderbolts #23"? Venoms squaring off against the Thunderbolts and with their new art, it'll look amazing! It would be an awesome edition to "Best Battles in New Comics"

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Posted by k4tzm4n

@k4tzm4n: Nice! Hey, next week can you check out "Thunderbolts #23"? Venoms squaring off against the Thunderbolts and with their new art, it'll look amazing! It would be an awesome edition to "Best Battles in New Comics"

I'll be sure to check it out. Thanks.

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Wait a second, Bullseye is back?!

EDIT: never mind, I just read the issue. Hah, I gotta read this series.

Posted by jashro44

@cf12793 said:

Wait a second, Bullseye is back?!

Don't read if you don't want spoilers:

No its a robot

Posted by k4tzm4n

@cf12793 said:

Wait a second, Bullseye is back?!

Click his name.

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Posted by meatwadf

@bwanasimba: Actually, that's a totally wrong interpretation of the character on par with what Tarantino believes. Batman is the real person, since Bruce "died" the day his parents were murdered. Clark has always been, and will always be, the real person. Raised from an infant by two adoptive middle Americans to be generous, caring, and humble. In almost every iteration of the character he doesn't even get his powers until puberty, or so. Those two things combined to make sure he was Clark Kent, farm boy and idealist first and foremost, and Superman second. It's been shown time and time again that without his powers, Clark would still be a man capable of great deeds and change. Superman is just what he dresses up as to do what he thinks is right.

Lois and Clark had been a pretty solid couple well before the 90s. While complicated, it was well established for decades that they were meant to be. They challenge each other in countless ways, and absolutely need each other. Lois fell in love with the naive farm boy (not Superman) and Clark fell in love with the honest and tough army brat. It's one of, if not the, longest running relationship in comics. Just because they didn't get married until the 90s in the main DCU doesn't make it any less "true" than any other comic relationship out there.

Also, that picture is a travesty. More than a little misogynistic...

Posted by WaveMotionCannon

Good picks! Would've liked to see that DP vs Crossbones in there too.

Posted by judasnixon

My fav was Secret Avenger #1

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@lvenger said:

I don't see how the Superman/Wonder Woman vs Zod and Faora fight was interesting at all. Seemed rather boring and rushed to me. 'Popular choice' at play here even though the book isn't that popular. Still the other two are excellent picks and TMNT always delivers superb action. Plus Capullo's rendition of the Batman vs Doctor Death fight was brilliant so good choices on those two!

I'm the angel in this scenario.

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@meatwadf said:

@bwanasimba: Actually, that's a totally wrong interpretation of the character on par with what Tarantino believes. Batman is the real person, since Bruce "died" the day his parents were murdered. Clark has always been, and will always be, the real person. Raised from an infant by two adoptive middle Americans to be generous, caring, and humble. In almost every iteration of the character he doesn't even get his powers until puberty, or so. Those two things combined to make sure he was Clark Kent, farm boy and idealist first and foremost, and Superman second. It's been shown time and time again that without his powers, Clark would still be a man capable of great deeds and change. Superman is just what he dresses up as to do what he thinks is right.

Lois and Clark had been a pretty solid couple well before the 90s. While complicated, it was well established for decades that they were meant to be. They challenge each other in countless ways, and absolutely need each other. Lois fell in love with the naive farm boy (not Superman) and Clark fell in love with the honest and tough army brat. It's one of, if not the, longest running relationship in comics. Just because they didn't get married until the 90s in the main DCU doesn't make it any less "true" than any other comic relationship out there.

Also, that picture is a travesty. More than a little misogynistic...

False. Clark Kent since the very creation of the character acted like a coward while around those who did not know them, such as the Daily Planet staff. Only as Superman did he behave as the brave, confident, powerful man he was. Clark's just a disguise.

If Clark Kent is the real persona, then Superman is a sniveling coward who walks around with his eyes glued to the floor. Besides, he didn't truly become Superman till he gained his costume and knowledge of his heritage.

I will put this another way, Clark Kent became Superman/ Kal-El the moment he discovered who he really was. The Clark Kent who masks his identity via glasses and a suit is not the real man, just a disguise to keep from drawing attention from himself.

Also, the Batman is the real persona has only been around since the nitty gritty 80's when Batman went back to being a dark marauder of the night.

Again, Lois and Clark were never a couple. Ever. They flirted and that was it. She caused trouble, he fixed it when it got too bad, and she treated Clark Kent like a coward (because that's the disguise).

Again, the Lois eventually falling in love with Clark bit didn't occur till the 90's, which I never agreed with because they made Superman a total putz to do it. Where once he dissuaded Lois' chasing of him, it became a bizarre love triangle where Clark loved Lois but Lois only cared for Superman. Hell, during the 90's she routinely left Clark in the dust for other men, even going so far off as riding away with a biker while he scowled at her. Clark Kent hung around like a beaten dog just waiting for a treat. It was the stupid "nice guy" love story all over again.

And what the hell do you mean by meant to be? Superman may not have been a player, but he dated and had numerous relationships with other women, including Lana Lang, Lori Lemoris, some random Kryptonian woman when he went back in time to Krypton, Cat Grant, etc.

Posted by Jayc1324

The batman fight was the best. His fight was totally badass when he started taking doctor death seriously and that splash page reference to TDKR was amazing and shows how awesome Snyder and capullo are. Another stellar issue overall

Posted by Jake Fury

@k4tzm4n: Do you read East of West? It had a pretty awesome fight this week.

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@jake_fury: No, waiting for a trade. That's too bad, no one recommended it this week.

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Posted by Jake Fury

@k4tzm4n: 1st trade is already out and its only $9.95. 2nd trade is due out in April.

I am always late to suggest fights. Fail.

Posted by Lvenger

@saint_wildcard: Please shut up with the sarcasm, it's just getting seriously grating to see you go after me every time I express my opinion that, goodness forbid, there might be something bad about this title. You're the one on the rampage trying to defend the precious title when someone has the gall to criticise it. Knock it off please, you're starting to sound like an annoying broken record.

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